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Fur Patrol

Contributor:
Scott Newman
Scott Newman

One of New Zealand's finest rock bands Fur Patrol has a lot to be proud about. They are celebrating the success of the great new album "Local Kid" with a couple of shows. Having also been named to the home-grown festival line up in Wellington. Fur Patrol is back

They have come a long way since the 1998 Starlifter EP release which received steady airplay across the airwaves and started a good fan base for the debut album Pet (2000) They achieved a NZ #1 hit with "Lydia" and had a host of other singles.  "Pet is one of my favourite kiwi albums" Collider (2003) brought a rockier sound and solid singles like Precious & Get Along. The Long Distance Runner EP came out in 2007 which had the short and sweet "Hand on an Anchor" single.

The impressive discography is over ten years work in touring between NZ & Australia. Part of the band moved to Melbourne, Australia.  I first saw Fur Patrol play at the Big Day Out 2000 and fell in love with their charm and catchy songs. They have been travelling around Australasia promoting music it had felt like they had disappeared off the radar until they started playing gigs again mid-late 2008.

The latest album Local Kid (2008) has three hit singles in Great Leap Forward, Hidden Agenda & the new single Silences and Distances. I like the artwork on the album sleeve (by Anna Lea Kelly) as it is so scenic and oddly cool. My favourite song on the new album is Long Forlorn as Julia's vocals are really tested in this guitar driven beautiful song.

The popular magazine Rip It Up has regularly interviewed them through the years with the latest interview in the mid year 2008 issue 323 which has the gossip about "Local Kid" & over the 12 year history of the band. I have included links below if you would like to check out more on the kiwi rock band Fur Patrol.

If you have been wondering "what happened to Fur Patrol?" then make sure you check your diary as there are shows coming up real soon (see below)

Fur Patrol are playing live in concert soon with shows on Thursday, 19th February at Frank Kitts Park (Starry nights), Wellington (free) & Friday, 20th February at the Kings Arms, Auckland ($20 doors)

Fur Patrol are:

Julia Deans, Andrew Bain & Simon Braxton

ratpony.com/furpatrol/  (official website)

www.myspace.com/furpatrol  (Myspace page)

 

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